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International awards for developer of Toronto waterfront community

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An international real estate company with strong connections to Toronto has been given a couple of awards by London-based World Finance, a respected financial publication. Hines, the company that is working with Tridel to develop the area known as Bayside on Toronto’s waterfront, was named North America’s Property Company of the Year 2014 and Best Residential Developer. Toronto’s Cadillac Fairview was named Most Socially Responsible Developer. Brookfield Office Properties, of Toronto and New York, was named Best Office Developer. Investment in real estate around the world is booming, according to World Finance, and the market is returning to the high levels of the “pre-crisis” years. The winners of World Finance’s ... Read More »

Make transit funding main issue in next federal election: union

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The leader of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), which includes about 10,000 Toronto Transit Commission workers, knows how to turn a phrase for maximum effect. At a press conference held to announce the release of a new report on the present state and future of the city’s transit system, Bob Kinnear said, “Toronto’s transit crisis is worse than most people realize.” Many daily TTC commuters may well wonder how it could possibly be worse than they realize, but Kinnear’s approach to the issue is typically aggressive and provocative. The system, he declared, had been going downhill “even before the four lost years of the city’s Ford administration” when transit services ... Read More »

Another GTA real estate lawyer MIA

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Here we go again. With the case of the absconding North York condo developers and their allegedly fraudulent lawyer just fading from the headlines, another case of a real estate lawyer going missing in action with clients’ money cannot be welcome news for the Law Society of Upper Canada. This time, the lawyer’s clients are reportedly out $3.5 million. A report in the current issue of the Law Times says the Law Society believes Rita Grewal “may have gone to India” and she has not responded to the society’s inquiries or explained what happened to the money. There have been eleven complaints about the Mississauga lawyer from clients since the ... Read More »

Canadian-designed aerial photography drone a first

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This sounds like a brilliant example of how things are supposed to go when budding entrepreneurs, public institutions, and crowd funding come together.  It sounds like success. A Toronto robotics company founded by aeronautical and electrical engineers and known as DreamQii, has been working at Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone. That’s a business “incubator” set up four year ago to provide resources for tech industry entrepreneurs. DreamQii created a drone—a “social robot” to use their language—targeting aerial photographers, professional and amateur. Once they had a working prototype, they went to IndieGogo for funding, setting a target of $100,000. In just a month, they had raised more than four times that amount, ... Read More »

Condo managers group to hold annual conference

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The condominium industry in Ontario is “growing up,” as the aptly titled report from Canada’s Public Policy Forum puts it. After a lengthy review process that included province-wide public consultation, roundtable discussions, and review by panels of experts, a final set of recommendations was made to the government. A new draft of the Condominium Act is expected to be presented at this session of the legislature at Queen’s Park. Of the recommendations made, the one certain to have the greatest impact on every aspect of the condominium community, from owners to developers, will be the establishment of the Condo Office. Of particular interest is the recommendation that condo managers will ... Read More »

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